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me begin with congratulating president obama on his second term. i have the honor of responding to the state of the union address on behalf of my fellow relationships. i have the special privilege lidge to address our troops from arled the world. the state of the union address is a reminder on how the unique the american history it is. america is exceptional because we believe that every life at every stage is precious and that every one everywhere has a god-given right to go as far as their atlantaed -- talents will take them. this idea is personal. my parents immigrated here to improve their life and to give their children a better one. my dad worked as a bar tenor -- bartender and my mother as a maid. i did not inherit any money from them but i inherited something better. an opportunity to make it to the middle class and beyond no matter where you start off in life. it comes from a free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. when they suck they hire more people who -- success they hire more people. presidents in both parties from john f. kennedy to
. the biggest message you took away? caller: what president obama was talking about -- what is he going to do for people like me who do not have the money to pay for healthcare? how are we going to have insurance? how will we pay the bills? how will we go to the dr. and get it taken care of? host: president obama will be in the south, georgia, north carolina, what do you want to hear next? caller: i want to hear about the reform. what can he do for me as far as that. how can he help me get me some insurance so i can take care of my bill? host: eastern pennsylvania, republican line, welcome. caller: i would like to just say that president obama can talk the talk, but can he really walk the walk? host: in what sense? go ahead and turned on your tv while you are talking to us. what do you want to see him do next? caller: i would like to see him follow through on health care for medicare and senior citizens and all the people who cannot afford insurance. and insurance is increasing dramatically for normal middle- class people. they will be losing their jobs the cows of the factor that these compa
with strategists from president obama and mitt romney. secretary of state john kerry is calling on congress not to make senseless reductions in foreign aid to automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin march 1. the secretary spoke at the university of virginia in charlottesville. he was introduced by virginia senator tim kaine. this is an hour. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you so much. hello, uva. it is great to be back on the grounds. i want to say to president sullivan what a treat it is to be here with you. thank you for hosting this great occasion. to my friend robert hurt, served with him in state government and now we travel to washington together. i look forward to good work together, especially if on this occasion to introduce secretary kerry and to introduce uva to the secretary. as i walked onto the stage i had a memory. on this stage with my dear friend, uva board member alan -- in a debate for lieutenant governor, a primary debate for lieutenant governor in the february of 2001. the first debate i've ever been in as -- >> [indiscernible] [laughter] >> so good to have
need to invest in education in order to produce good citizens, i joined president obama today in asserting with urgency that our citizenry deserves a strong foreign policy to protect our interests in the world. a wise investment in foreign- policy can yield for an nation the same return that education does for a student. and no investment that we make that is as small as this investment puts forward such a sizable benefit for ourselves and for our fellow citizens of the world. that is why i wanted to have this conversation with you today, which i hope is a conversation that extends well beyond the borders of charlottesville, well beyond this university, to all americans. when i talk about a sport -- a small investment in foreign- policy in the united states, i mean it. not so long ago, someone pulled the american people and ask, how big is our international affairs budget? most pagan as 25% of our national budget, and they thought it out -- most paid it as 25% of our national budget. and they thought it should be pared back. would that that were true. i would take 10% in a hea
, it is a goal. certainly, that is what president obama said he supports, that someday -- probably not in this lifetime, but some day we should hope for a world that would be free of nuclear weapons. i have heard you say that you agree with those two statements prepared but do you also agree that as long as nuclear weapons exist, we have to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal to deter any adversary? >> yes, completely, absolutely. i have never had any position but that. as i indicated this morning and this afternoon, i will continue to take the position. as i said in my opening statement and an answer to other questions, our nuclear deterrent has probably been the core of keeping world peace and avoiding a world war iii. as long as there is the threat of nuclear weapons, and like you noted and president obama noted in his speech in 2009, it probably will not happen in our lifetime. but just as you noted, and in senator read's comments about what president reagan laid on the cape -- on the table in 1986, we need to keep working on it and moving forward and temptin
, or in our video library. and tomorrow, a farewell ceremony in honor of leon panetta. president obama and martin dempsey are expected to speak. we will have coverage at 3:45 p.m. eastern on c-span. john brennan, the nominee to the cia, testified today at his confirmation hearing. the topic of drone strikes came app. dianne feinstein said she will look into new legislation to govern overseas strikes. there was an interruption by protesters. it is three and a half hours. >> you are a disgrace to democracy. >> if the police will clear the room, please. will clear the room, please. [indiscernible] [shouting continues] >> [indiscernible] please clear the room. >> [indiscernible] please clear the room. [protest continues] all right, i think we should clear the entire room and then let people back in. what do you think? >> we need more capital police. >> yeah, let's -- [indiscernible] ok, we will try and start. ok, we will i am going to began this -- begin this hearing, and let me say right up front that the process is that people are respectful, that they do not shout, they do not hiss, the
to get a sense on how significant a dent that could put in the relationship if president obama says no to the keystone. >> i think it depends on how it is managed between the two leaders. this is a case in which the prime minister believes this is an important issue for canada. it was understandable in the context of the run-up to the presidential election campaign the last time that he was saying no and there were other issues that were more of a local nature as well at the site, it could be accepted as something that was more in the nature of the delay and a flat-out refusal. i think it will be meaningful. it will be important how it is explained if the answer is no. what is the justification? what is the reality that is perceived to come out of it? if their reasons are door that you describe them, i will be found -- that will be found unacceptable and that would be a problem. >> in talking to canadian politicians, there are some things out of joint. a lot of it has to do with the suggestion that if canada were to do more on the climate change front, this might help us. canadian p
. then president obama and his choice to replace the interior secretary can salazar. and then leon panetta talks to -- and the armed services committees of her proposals to avoid the budget cuts. the postmaster general announced that the post office will end saturday mail delivery service starting in early august. they expect the change to save $2 billion a year. package delivery service will continue six days a week. this news conference is 35 minutes. >> good morning everybody. thank you for joining us. today, we're going to be making an announcement about an important change to our national delivery schedule. i think anyone who has followed the postal service over the past couple of years know that we have been consistently making changes to our delivery schedule. it is an important part of our strategy returning back to financial stability and it is absolutely necessary to make that move. before i get into the details of the announcement, i would like to spend a couple of minutes discussing the financial reasons for this scheduled delivery change. since 2008, we have seen a steady decline in
are not expecting congress to come up with an agreement. there has been a focus on what can president obama do? keystone is not the only thing we're talking about in the united states. there has been new regulation proposed. that will be where we can make an executive order happened urate also the executive opportunity does extend to keystone. the president has an opportunity there. looking at existing carbon pollution and united states, we have to tackle that. we look at keystone as future carbon emissions. the opportunity here is for the country to work on their climate target together. this should not be a finger pointing exercise. can canada and the united states meet their targets? i think canada has further to go but that can be done. >> the canadian government has said they're going to come out with regulations for the oil and gas sector. we are waiting to see what they are. if they came out with strong regulations that would meet those targets, what groups like yours say that is great? would it make any difference to the opposition to this project? >> we are interested in time a policy
us on facebook. tuesday, president obama talked about deferring the cuts that were to go into effect next month. wednesday, leading republicans on the armed services committees outline their plans to avoid those automatic defense cuts. this is 30 minutes. >> yesterday, the president gave us a proposal that cuts defense spending once again. it has $500 billion in new taxes and also cuts in domestic spending. it is irresponsible, unacceptable. it leaves their troops and our economy and ready to face the challenges of the future. or the threats of today. when i went to the steering committee to apply for this job, i explained to them the way i saw the jobless to make sure that our troops, those who we sent into harm's way would have everything they needed to carry out their missions and return home safely. everything in the way resources, training, leadership, these things are very important. and i look at what is happening with these cuts that we have seen the last couple of years and it is just irresponsible that the commander in chief, his main job should be the same that i look at a
>> president obama has nominated chuck hagel to replacereplace leon panetta as e secretary. mr. hegel is a war veteran. he served in the senate until 2009. after his senate career, he became part of a foreign-policy think tank. at his confirmation hearing today, he had some back and forth with former colleagues, including senator john mccain. that exchange is about an hour and a half into the hearing. later, we will get your thoughts about the nomination and hearing on our phone lines at 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 pacific. carl levin chairs the armed services committee and makes the opening statement. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> good morning, everybody. the committee meets today to consider the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. before i begin, i want to first welcome senator inhofe as the new ranking republican on our committee, succeeding senator mccain. senator mccain has been a great partner over the past six years, and i thank him for all the work he has
. then president obama discusses job creation. and new guidelines on cyber security. we'll get to jack lew's confirmation in a moment. first the cbo director douglas elmendorf testimony. he warned of the sequester could cost 750,000 jobs. >> could you tell me in terms of the negative economic impact of the sequester, the .6%, what does that translate in point of lost jobs? >> our estimate is that the sequester alone would reduce gdp growth this year by zero point six percentage points. it would lower that gdp at the end of the year. we think that would reduce by about 750,000 jobs. >> 750,000 jobs between now and the end of 2013, right? >> right. >> that is a whole lot of jobs. we should be working overtime to prevent that kind of job loss. if you were to replace the deficit reduction through that austerity program, the cuts to the sequester with a plan that accomplishes the same amount of deficit reduction spread over the 10 year period, you would not have that hit on jobs? >> right. >> our analysis, the republican leader, mr. cantor had it right last september when he said that if we all
'm grateful to president obama. it has been honored to serve and his cabinet and as his chief of staff. i'm humbled by his faith in me. thank you to the members of the committee for meeting with me over the last week and sharing your insights. this committee plays a singular role in defining our tax, trade, health care, and social security policies. with your collaboration, this committee is a clear example that bipartisan can produce real results for all americans. i pledge that if confirmed, i will maintain frequent consultation with you in accordance with that spirit of respect. this is a fundamental thread in my life. i took part in negotiations that led to an agreement with president reagan to save social security. under president clinton, i helped negotiate an agreement to balance the federal budget. i oversaw three budget surpluses in a row. my experience and senior leadership positions in government at new york university, where i have the highest honor the university has, the gallatin award after albert gallatin, who also founded nyu, it was the largest private university in the
by this committee, by the senate, and by the house so president obama can sign it into law. i know we'll take an act of political courage for many members of congress to support an assault weapons ban of 2013 but the time for courage is now. how many more children, how many more police officers do we have to lose for our elected representatives to do the right thing? please take action now in the interest of the most important special interest groups in america, all of american. >> thank you very much. it is very much appreciated. i would like to, did you treat sandy hook victims? >> yes. i was in the e.r. that day when the victims came in. >> can you describe the kinds of wounds and the number of bullets in these small bodies? >> there's privacy rules in hippa that prevent me from detailing the type of wounds. but most of the victims didn't come in when you have such horrific injuries to little bodies, they don't make it to the hospital. the coroner from the state of connecticut, he stated that each body had three-11 bullets. when a child has three-111 bullets and it is an assault-type bullet and i
, republican leaders spoke of the upcoming budget cuts, known as a sequestration. president obama is in newport news, virginia and talks about the effects of sequestration would have on them middle-class. -- on the middle class. the senate voted to confirm senator chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. the final vote was 58-41 with four republicans joining 52 democrats and two independents in voting aye. next, the 25 minute debate on the senate floor. >> it is now time for us to vote up or down on the nomination for many reasons. the nomination has been before us now inadequate time to get the information which our colleagues have asked for. there is also the looming fact of sequestration. we need to have a secretary of defense who is not only in office, but whose leadership is not in limbo, but is there. our troops need it. their families needed. our country needs it. we have 66,000 military arsenal in harms way in afghanistan. the president of afghanistan has directed the united states to remove its special operations forces from a key afghan province. our military bases key decisions abo
the obama administration says the iranian nuclear capability is such a threat is because it would cascade to proliferation around the middle east, but love it if you could address that as well. >> i will answer the questions posed very quickly. i am just a dot middle east expert. this session on iran is talking about iran, but i have a great deal of sympathy for the sentiment. i do believe north korea is a very big problem. we often have the debate if iran is irrational. from what i understand about north korea, you could barely fill a symbol. my sense is they are not always entirely rational either and there are some things going on in that regime that could lead them to do things that are irrational and that worries me enormously. the issue of proliferation gets to north korea as well. proliferation is a very big concern about iran's nuclearization. it is one reason i suggested it's better that if we do not have to continue going down this road and if they never crossed the with the position threshold -- teh weaponization threshold. there is a hysteria on both sides. yes, proliferation
.m. on c-span. president obama announced his plan to avoid automatic spending cuts known as sequestration scheduled to begin march 1. it is including tax changes. the president spoke to reporters for just over five minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i wanted to say a few words about the looming deadlines and decisions that we face on our budget and on our deficit, and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recovery. economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress in 2013. and we've seen signs of this progress over the last several weeks. home prices continue to climb. car sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing has been strong. and we've created more than six million jobs in the last 35 months. but we've also seen the effects that political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn-out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer confidence. the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions. so we've been remin
that. if we think about the "race to the top"program that president obama is doing, it involves an increased emphasis on testing students, tying teacher evaluations to those tests, and suggests that there should be some reward or sanctions met it out to teachers on the basis of this testing. that was coming from a democratic president. how different is that from what preceded president obama with george w. bush? the answer is george w. bush never could have done that because he was a republican, so in some regards it required democratic president to push forward an agenda that some people might have associated with republicans. i can see why people are thinking what is the difference anymore between the various education policy agendas of various people. it is useful to think about how different the landscape is today in education policy versus what it was only a decade or two ago. if you think about american education certain 1980 or even circa 1990, we saw the overwhelming majority -- 97% of the population attending neighborhood public schools. i mean, amongst the people who w
for president obama. she was a strong supporter of obama. the photos ask me. people would always ask me. i supported the president for one simple reason -- i like to sleep inside. [laughter] there is more trh to that then you know. if you know my wife. [laughter] on the economy, i hope and i believe the president will get serious on the economy in the second term. i hope you will build a strong economic team that has diverse skills and practical business guilds. -- skills. toe they can use oureach out business. what is happening in washington is enormously frustrating. the fiscal cliff -- we got solutions out there like simpson-bowles. you may are may not like pieces of simpson-bowles, but at least it is a starting point to have a dialogue and adjust some of thissues you have got to address. my hope is that there'll be a enough restaurant congress in the second terms of that we can begin to get some of the changes that we need to make it our economy will remain competitive on an ongoing basis. >> you are a supporter of the president? >> i see no reason why it cannot be better. we will not
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